June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
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Personal development of future engineers: From individual success to professional excellence Nowadays Russia goes through modernization of engineering education. One of themost urgent problems of contemporary technological universities is to give graduates up-to-date education in various areas and degrees. Introduction of a new academic discipline “Psychology of Success” into the Bachelorand general engineering curriculum of the Engineering Chemistry and Technology Collegewas determined by modern requirements to the professional level of future engineers. Themain objective of the discipline is development and training of socio-psychological andgeneral cultural competences of students. The course aims to form the concept of success as aphenomenon and to acquire practical skills to develop communication habits and otherindividual characteristics needful for professional success. Success may be defined as optimum relationship between social expectations, a personhim/herself and him/her professional performance. Success always has two sides: purelyindividual, personal, subjective experience of joy and satisfaction; and social appreciation ofpersonal achievements, attitude of community towards the success of a team or its member.Both sides are seamlessly integrated and interconnected. Tasks of the course: – to familiarize the students with various research approaches to success as one of theleading vital personality values; – to analyze psychological traits which affect personal success positively andnegatively; – to develop time-management skills and habits of putting tasks in priority order toachieve goals efficiently; – to teach the techniques conflict-management; – to show necessity and possibility of using the acquired theoretical knowledge inengineering practice, etc. The main idea of the new course may be defined as “from personal success toprofessional excellence”. This idea determined the composition of the lesson plan. The courseoutline consists of two units: 1. Personal traits denoting the aptitude to success. The following themes are considered in the given unit: values, motivation andpersonal focus, emotions and self-regulation, self-esteem, success in the context ofachievement motivation. 2. Psychology of success in professional activity. Professional activity of future engineers greatly depends on ability of appropriate goalsetting, reasonable time planning, ability to resolve and prevent conflicts, ability to manageinterpersonal relations in the team. These issues are studied in the second unit of thediscipline. “Psychology of Success” is a practically oriented course. Every lesson includesdiscussions, case study and practical recommendations alongside with theoretical material.Seminars and practicums contain self-control tests, psychological testing, and socio-psychological simulation. These interactive educational forms encourage students to analyzethe interrelation between personal qualities and professional success. The discipline “Psychology of Success” is aimed at development of independent,creative, community-minded, competitive future engineer. With such combination of traitsand high motivation of success a personality can develop successfully in professional sphere.One of the most significant tasks of the course is to provoke life-long motivation to successand to self-development, which is the core factor of professional and personal excellence.
Gorodetskaya, I. M., & Shageeva, F. T., & Erova, D. R. (2015, June), Personal development of future engineers: From individual success to professional excellence Paper presented at 2015 ASEE International Forum, Seattle, Washington. https://peer.asee.org/17148
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